Bike to Work

Local riders encouraged to repeat as National Bike Challenge Champions

To celebrate National Bike Month in May, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Bicyclincoln and BikeLNK invite area cyclists to start pedaling to help Lincoln continue their dominance as National Bike Challenge champions. The 2021 National Bike Challenge begins May 1 and runs through September 30. To participate, sign up here. In 2020, Lincoln was a National Bike Challenge champion for the fifth time in nine years, with 1,568 Lincoln riders pedaling more than all other cities in the nation, logging 453,529 miles. Lincoln was the overall national champion in 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2019.  Lincoln’s national championship victories surpass all other communities in the nation, beating cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Portland, and Philadelphia.  Lincoln cyclists also won the month-long, business-oriented CycleSeptember challenge in 2020 with 80,501 miles, pedaling more than all other cities in the nation.

Bike to Work Week 

Bike to Work Week runs through May 17th to May 23rd. Events include the following:

All Week: Take advantage of various discounts available from participating businesses and vendors to be posted on the Bike to Work Week Event page.

Bike to Work Day: May 21, 2021 which includes a Wrap-up Event, 6 to 8 p.m., Jane Snyder Trails Center, 228 N. 21st St. Celebrate the end of Bike To Work Week with a raffle to win prizes donated by several local organizations that include food, beverages, clothing, gift certificates, and more. This family-friendly event will celebrate the entire Lincoln community's increasing capacity to use bikes as both transportation and recreation. 

 

Plan Your Ride 

 

Other cycling events this spring include the following:

National Ride a Bike Day - Sunday, May 2nd. 

Tour de Lincoln - Hosted by the Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN), this free event showcases trails in all four quadrants of the City. The four separate rides begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, 21st and "Q" Streets. Tour de Lincoln will be following CDC guidelines for events. For more information, visit gptn.org. The dates are as follows:

  1. May 6- Southwest Tour, 13 miles
  2. May 13 - Northwest Tour, 13 miles
  3. May 20 - Southeast Tour, 20 miles
  4. May 27 - Northeast Tour, 16 miles

 Trail Trek – Sunday, June 20 at Speedway Village, 345 Speedway Circle. This celebration of Lincoln's trail system is led by GPTN and features four fun rides ranging from 10 to 44 miles.  Each participant receives a shirt, a water bottle (first 1,000 entries), on-trail water and snacks, and lunch at Speedway Village. To register or for more information, visit gptn.org.

Participants of any event are urged to practice social distancing and follow all directed health measures. Questions? Email bike@lincoln.ne.gov.